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Classical Bhutan Group Tour

from $3699
Duration
Duration:
7 Days / 6 Nights
Type
Type:
Group Tour
Run
Run:
Selected departures
Overview

This Bhutan group tour will take you to discover the country of Bhutan. Bhutan is known as the Last Shangri-La, the entire country comprises of panoramic valleys, majestic Himalayas, and abundance of rare fauna and flora. Bhutan has a long list of forts, monasteries, and other Buddhist relics, trekking spots, and shopping areas which are surely worth a visit.

Included
  • Assistance on arrival/departure transfers at airport
  • Visa process and arrangement for Bhutan
  • Visa fee for single entry (US$ 40)
  • Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) to the government in Bhutan
  • 06 Night’s accommodation on twin sharing basis at hotels mentioned above or similar.
  • Accommodation on full board basis (lunches will be at local restaurant)
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by using air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visit a local farmhouse &  enjoy Culinary experiences with local family,Paro
  • Taste traditional salt and butter tea called "Suja"
  • Learn how local people milk their cows manually to make local cheese and  butter  (Local Term: “Datshi” means Cheese and “Mar” means Butter), Paro.
  • Experiencing local Bhutanese delicacies like Emma Datshi’, Punakha.
  • Dochula Pass - Snow covered Himalayan mountain pass
  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
  • Punakha dzong
  • Ta-Dzong – National museum Bhutan, Paro
  • Paro Rinpung Dzong
  • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)
  • Chhimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple)
  • Bhutan's national sport Archery (and dart ) experience in local farmhouse , Paro
  • Opportunity to Prayer flag hoisting at Dochula pass.
  •  Services of accompanying guide in Bhutan (guide may be staying at different hotels) 
  • Entrance fees 
  • Thimphu and Paro festival supplement charges , if tour is falling during these festivals (dates to be announced). 
  • All currently applicable taxes.
Excluded
  • International/ Domestic airfare  
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Airport departure tax
  • Meals other than those specified above & Drinks 
  • Any transportation on day at leisure.
  • Tipping
Itinerary
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Day 1: Welcome Thimphu. Transfer to the Hotel. Dinner and Overnight in the Hotel.

Arrive Paro- one of the most spectacular cities in the entire Himalayas. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan (48 kms/ 1.5 hrs drive approx) .

Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Later, visit Tashichho Dzong, Bhutan's most impressive building, traditionally the seat of the head of Bhutan's government. The current Dzong is the impressive result of a redesign of the original medieval structure.

Also visit the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through examples of Bhutan's fine traditional arts.

Dinner and Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu Tour. visit Tashichho Dzong fortress.

Today we explore the Memorial Chorten, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, a large Tibetan-style Buddhist Monastery with golden spires and bells. Continue to the Folk Heritage Museum, offering a glimpse into the traditional Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

Visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum and learn about handmade paper production. Visit the Bhutan Postal Museum which tells the story of Bhutan’s progress and development through the lens of the postal system.

Enjoy Lunch at local restaurant.Next visit GNH center & learn more about the concept of Gross National Happiness - The GNH Centre is a self-sustaining non-government organisation that aims to educate Bhutanese and interested people from around the world how the GNH concept works in action.

Later visit Draktsho Vocational Training Center for Special Children and Youth - Enhancing the living standard of children and youth with various types of disabilities through empowerment by training, and eventual integration with the mainstream population.

Return back to your hotel.

Dinner and Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3: Punakha Tour. Visit the impressive Punakha Dzong and later hike to the Chimi lhakhang. 

After breakfast you will be driven to Punakha across Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft). The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother.

Near Dachula pass, admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags amidst the spectacular views. Get an opportunity to Prayer flag hoisting . It is believed that when the wind moves prayer flags, even with the slightest breeze, these prayers and blessings become activated, and then are carried through the air in a spiritual vibration across the vicinity.

Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant.Continue to Punakha, upon arrival, check in at your hotel.Later visit Chhimi Lhakhang (fertility temple), located near Lobesa, standing on a round hillock and flanked by hundreds of prayer flags.

Continued to Drukpa Kinley, also a cultural icon in Bhutan around whom countless yarns, fictions, stories and legends have been spun. Rest of the day at leisure. Also visit Rinchengang Village one of the most clustered villages with Bhutanese architectural designed houses.

It is considered one of the oldest villages in Bhutan. Rinchengang village dates back to the Zhabdrungs era.

Dinner and Overnight in Punakha.

Day 4: Punakha. enjoy a guided hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal Chorten. 

Morning, enjoy a guided hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal Chorten. Standing regally on the hill above the Punakha valley, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a classic example of gorgeous traditions and architecture of Asian countries.

This chorten, however, is unique. It is not designed for community worship or for monastic retreat or education like other Buddhist Institute and Colleges. It is designed as a magical tool. It was built by the Queen Mother for heading off the negative forces and transportation peace and harmony for all the living beings.

The thing that sets this Chorten apart is that it was designed on the principles delineated within the Holy Scriptures instead of trendy engineering manuals. Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong (Palace of Great Happiness) built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative centre of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Also visit Suspension Bridge and it's fun to cross the swaying, prayer-flag-draped walkway over the Po Chhu.

Enjoy lunch at local restaurant & get an opportunity to experiencing local Bhutanese delicacies like Emma Datshi’.

Dinner and Overnight in Punakha

Day 5: Arrival to Paro. Hike to the Tiger’s nest, Visit monasteries, temples, retreat houses. 

Breakfast at the hotel then, have a morning drive to Paro (137kms / 3.5-4 hrs approx). Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. Afternoon, proceed to visit to Ta Dzong (Museum) (1430-1530 hours), originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum.

The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artefacts. Enjoy a short walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history.

Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Drive back to your hotel.

Dinner and Overnight in Paro.

Day 6: Paro. Morning a fascinating excursion to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest

Morning a fascinating excursion to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest (0800-1300 hours)(approx. 5 hours round trip walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor.

It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime.

On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour. Enjoy Lunch in the cafeteria of the monastery.Later visit a School and teach a while like a teacher.

Also be part of interaction with teacher and students. Next visit Kyichu Lhakhang, a Buddhist temple in Paro, one of the oldest monasteries in the country. Afterwards, visit a Farm House where your dinner will be arranged with a local family.

Enjoy Archery and dart game experience in a local farmhouse.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 7: Final Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, bid farewell to the lush environs of Bhutan as you are driven to airport for your flight for onward journey.

Prices
Accommodation Plan 

Prices
May - Sept
$ 3699 Per person in Double room
Oct - April
$ 3699 Per person in Double room
  • Note: These prices are valid only for minimum of 2 Persons
Prices

Tour price currency is set to USD but you can pay in Euro or British pound. The prices quoted per person per tour and prices are always updated to ensure you receive the best possible price. Prices are valid all the year, except during Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020.

Children Policy

- 0 - 4.99 Free of Charge

- 5 - 10 pay 25% of tour price

- 11 - 11.99 pay 50% of tour price

- 12+ pay full tour price as per adult person

Note: If the tour package includes flights, trains, jungle safari, private monument, an extra supplement will be applicable to the child.

Payment Policy

We are offering you to pay a low down payment of just 10% to keep your place on the tour including hotel room, cruise cabin, domestic flight ticket, and other travel-related services. The remaining balance can be paid only two days prior to your arrival date or in cash upon arrival at the destination to your tour guide. This will give you the chance to book your tour with no risk or any loss.

Tour Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing. The cancellation charges shall be as follows:

  • If you cancel before 45 days of tour commencement date, there will be no cancellation fees, except components which require per booking (train, flight and safaris).
  • If you cancel on or before 44-30 days of tour commencement date, 25% of the entire tour price will be charged.
  • If you cancel on or before 29-15 days of tour commencement date, 50% of the entire tour price will be charged.
  • Less than 14 Days before arrival 100% cancellation will be applicable.
Changes By You

If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you will be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline/ train fees or penalties.

Passports & Visa Fees

All Passengers are responsible for securing proper documentation prior to joining the tour. Passports are required; in addition, travelers are advised to check with local consulates for full details regarding Visa requirements. Please note securing a valid visa for entry is sole responsibility of the traveler.

Flexible cancellation policy

Memphis Tours offers a very flexible cancelation policy in case the government or the airline issues a travel warning from/to your departure country and destination. In the event that this happens, we will be refunding you the amount paid in full. Here at Memphis Tours we prioritize your well-being and safety above anything else and aim that our cancellation policy reflect that.

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